Friday, September 08, 2017
"Long time Hawaii resident, Walter Becker of Steely Dan died yesterday. He lived quietly in [TOWN NAME REDACTED] since the 1980's. My daughter attended [REDACTED] Waldorf School at the same time as his son. One time when I picked her up from a 7th and 8th grade Friday night dance at the school, I could hear the crystal clear sound of the dance music emanating from the small gym all the way to the parking lot. When my daughter reached the car I commented on how good the music sounded and she said, 'oh yeah, that's Steely Dan's equipment.'

Walter was a great musician and a generous man."
Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Test panel from panoramic work-in-progress (click to enlarge).  Big, c. 40" x 60", incorporating multiple exposures and complex lighting conditions.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rickie Lee Jones on WB: "Walter knew what he was doing. He planted music. It grows all around us now."

Walter Carl Becker, 20 February 1950 - 3 September 2017

One of my very few role models.  Writer, performer, arranger, studio wizard, laconic dad, master-of-ceremonies, someone I watched play 25+ times live but never spoke to.  Eleven Tracks of Whack and Circus Money are brilliant records, brimming over with humor and invention.

In Boise once, outdoors, I stood fifteen feet from WB as he played.  His "unspecified ailment" made it hard to get on and off the stage, but he still swung hard, wringing that lime-green electric guitar up and down with a huge grin on his face, totally blissed out. I gave him a thumbs-up between songs, and got a delighted smile in return.

Not much, but it's enough.

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